People who use drugs in Cambodia are at risk of arbitrary detention in centers where they suffer torture, physical and sexual violence, and other forms of cruel punishment, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Detention centers, mandated to treat and ‘rehabilitate' drug users, instead subject them to electric shocks, beatings with electrical wire, forced labor, and harsh military drills.

Half of sexual abuse survivors wait up to five years before disclosing they were victimized, according to a collaborative study from the Université de Montréal, the Universite du Quebec a Montreal and the Universite de Sherbrooke published in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Aid agencies continued to warn against adopting children from Haiti today, amid unconfirmed reports that a number of children who had gone missing from hospitals in the devastated country may have been trafficked.


An adviser for Unicef told reporters that about 15 children had disappeared from hospitals, presumed taken.

(New York) - New government data suggesting high levels of sexual abuse of confined youth in the United States should galvanize the Department of Justice to swiftly issue national standards to end

By Rachelle Kliger

 

The vast majority of women in Gaza face violence of varying types, a new survey has found.

 


The study, by the Gaza-based Palestinian Women's Information and Media Center, found that violence against women in Gaza has increased since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in the June 2007 coup and Israel subsequently imposed restrictions on the coastal enclave.

 

By Tracy Wilkinson

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


MEXICO CITY -- Esther Chávez, 76, a vocal champion of human rights who against enormous odds drew attention to the killings and rapes of hundreds of women in the violent border city of Ciudad Juárez, died Dec. 25 of cancer, her hometown newspaper El Diario reported Saturday on its Web site.

 

by Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio
January 5, 2010


St. Paul, Minn. — A federal judge in Minnesota wants prosecutors to explain why they haven't requested that a man convicted of possessing child pornography pay restitution to one of his victims who had requested it.

 

U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz on Monday also ordered the U.S. Attorney's Office to indicate in a memorandum whether the victim, who had requested nearly $3.5 million in restitution, had received any restitution.

 

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing yesterday on the national rape kit backlog, the reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act, and current legislation introduced in the Senate that is intended to incentivize the processing of rape kits.

 

By Tory DeAngelis
 
Clinical psychologists Michael Bourke, PhD, and Andres Hernandez, PsyD, have been making waves in the psychology and law enforcement communities with the recent release of a paper suggesting that men charged with Internet child pornography offenses and those who commit hands-on child sex offenses are, in many cases, one and the same.
 

The Pope shares the "outrage, betrayal and shame" felt by Irish people over a report that said clerical child abuse was covered-up, the Vatican has said.

 

In a statement, issued after Pope Benedict XVI met Irish Church leaders on Friday, the pope was said to be "disturbed and distressed".

 

A report found church leaders covered up child abuse in Dublin for decades.

 

He will write a pastoral letter to the Irish people about sexual abuse and the Vatican's response to the crisis.

 

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